IIT Kanpur develops novel nanoparticles to protect rice crops

IIT Kanpur develops novel nanoparticles to protect rice crops

A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has created a biodegradable carbenoid metabolite (BioDCM) based on nanoparticles that can protect agricultural crops from fungal and bacterial illnesses.

Santosh K Misra and Piyush Kumar of IIT Kanpur’s Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering led the study, which included C Kannan and Divya Mishra of the ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, as well as R Balamurugan and Mou Mandal of the University of Hyderabad’s School of Chemistry.

Since last year, IIT Kanpur has developed a second agriculture-related breakthrough. The Bhu-Parikshak soil-testing equipment was one of the institute’s 107 patents filed last year.

“Our institute has done numerous innovative high-tech projects to support farmers,” stated Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT Kanpur. Because farmers encounter a variety of challenges, we have worked tirelessly to improve the entire farming ecology in general. In this approach, the development of these Novel Nanoparticles might alleviate concerns about crop infection while also increasing agricultural production. I applaud the entire crew for their efforts in bringing another boon to the farmers.”

According to IIT Kanpur, the technique is a protective biological alternative that may be utilized to improve crop protection against numerous illnesses in agricultural fields, particularly rice harvests.

“In organic agriculture and export-oriented products, natural products are in high demand for plant protection. The bio formulation is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and easily degradable, and it has been proven to be an effective natural inhibitor in suppressing the growth and development of soil-based plant diseases, such as fungi and bacteria,” according to IIT Kanpur.

“It aids in the defense of crops by eliciting defense and meeting the level of competition in order to improve yield.” The concept also helps to overcome several drawbacks, such as a lack of control over bioavailability, early degradation, and crop absorption, making it a viable choice for farmers,” it continued.

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